Lawmakers grill food companies over use of tainted ingredients

first_img Heather Isley, co-owner of Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, said she hoped that any requirement to submit positive contaminant findings would be accompanied by a system to alert other companies, particularly small businesses that don’t have the extra resources to conduct their own supplier audits. She added that since the outbreak the company is now conducting its own tests on the peanut products it receives. Ensure that the FDA has the right mix of intervention and enforcement authority Mar 19 supporting documents for House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing They also criticized companies for not noticing that PCA’s Texas facility was not registered in the state of Texas. In 2006, Nestle sent its auditors to PCA’s Plainview, Tex., plant where they noted similar problems, Stupak said. Develop a single standard for inspection with training improvement for inspectors All three of the companies whose leaders testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce today issued recall notices after the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak strain was suspected and identified in some of their products: King Nut Company, Kellogg, and Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets. In his opening statement, committee chairman Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., revealed that auditors from Nestle visited PCA’s plant in Blakely, Ga., and found that the company didn’t have a plan to address hazards such as Salmonella and had areas of the plant that were vulnerable to cross-contamination. Auditors also noted several sanitary problems such as rodent droppings and live and dead insects within the premises. Mandate annual FDA inspections of facilities that produce high-risk products Martin Kanan, president and chief executive officer of King Nut Company, told legislators that he felt betrayed by PCA after calling company president Stuart Parnell after he first heard rumors that Minnesota’s agriculture department had found the outbreak strain in an open jar of King Nut peanut butter, which had been manufactured by PCA. “I asked him if they had any problems with Salmonella in the past, and he told me no,” he said. Several Congress members pointed to what they see as conflict-of-interest problems with third-party inspections, whereby food processors themselves hire the food safety inspectors to clear their products for sale to manufacturers. Feb 11 CIDRAP News story “Company officials silent as lawmakers air Salmonella outbreak” Mackay added that having the FDA routinely inspect companies that handle high-risk foods would benefit companies of all sizes. “If we could have an FDA inspection that we can all rely on, that would be better for everyone, rather than having everyone duplicate their efforts,” he said. Several food safety enhancements have been raised by experts, such as implementing standards for third-party inspectors, mandating routine testing for high-risk foods, improving traceback procedures, and requiring companies to submit positive microbial findings to the FDA. The three food company executives agreed with most of the suggestions, with some qualifications.center_img Mar 19, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Members of Congress today grilled executives of three food companies about what role producers have in ensuring that their ingredients are safe, after revealing that Nestle did its own audits of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) facilities in 2002 and 2006 and rejected the company as one of its suppliers. The outbreak, traced to PCA peanut products, has sickened at least 691 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Require all food companies to have an FDA-reviewed food safety plan He said Kellogg also recommends that federal officials: Legislators told the company executives that some red flags should have raised suspicions about PCA as a supplier. For example, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said that a previous third-party audit of PCA’s Georgia facility had shown that the company had no critical control points. “That audit was telling you that PCA didn’t have a plan to kill Salmonella,” he told the group. In his opening statement, Mackay said that Kellogg supports the concept of a single food safety authority within the US Department of Health and Human Service (HHS), along with a food safety advisory council to develop science-based food safety policies. David Mackay, chief executive officer of Kellogg, said that since the outbreak the company has implemented new methods of ensuring that food ingredients are safe, such as forming teams to address issues surrounding high-risk ingredients, requiring suppliers to conduct environmental sampling and monitoring, and strengthening food safety training throughout its supply chain. Rep. Greg Walden. R-Ore., cautioned legislators not to overreact with too much legislation on the heels of the Salmonella outbreak. “I want to get a balance that gives us as much security as we can, but doesn’t blow up the whole system,” he said. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., said the same level of diligence in ensuring the use of safe ingredients is not routine across the food industry, and that some place too much reliance on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and accepted industry practices. “They’re showing an extraordinary amount of trust in a system that does not work,” he said. See also: He said Kellogg previously depended on a combination of third-party audits, certificates of analysis from ingredient suppliers, in-house ingredient testing, and its own assessments of high-risk ingredients. However, Mackay said, “How do you manage for someone who would put consumers at risk?” “As a result Nestle USA rejected PCA as a supplier,” he said. “We will ask the other companies here today why they did not do the same. If they had, perhaps some of these illnesses and deaths would have been avoided.”last_img read more

Keppel to upgrade production barge for KrisEnergy’s Cambodia oil project

first_imgSingapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine has clinched a contract for the modification and upgrading of a production barge for SJ Production Barge Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of oil and gas company, KrisEnergy. Source: KeppelThe contract, worth about S$30 million ($21.78M), was won by Keppel’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Keppel Shipyard, the company said on Friday.Keppel Shipyard’s scope of work on the production barge for KrisEnergy includes installation of a power generation module, Electrical House, new accommodation units and other refurbishment works.When completed in or around 3Q 2019, the production barge will be capable of processing up to 30,000 barrels of fluid per day and equipped with gas, oil and water separation facilities. It will be deployed in the Apsara oil field, which lies in Block A of the Khmer Basin in the Gulf of Thailand. The field is Cambodia’s first hydrocarbon development.Cambodia Block A covers an area of 3,083 sq km, located approximately 150 km offshore Cambodia where water depths range between 50 and 80 meters. KrisEnergy holds a 95% working interest in the block with the remaining 5% held by the government of Cambodia.Phase 1A of the Apsara development consists of a single unmanned minimum facility 24-slot wellhead platform producing to a moored production barge. Produced crude oil will be sent via a 1.5 km pipeline for storage to a permanently moored floating, storage and offloading vessel.Chor How Jat, Managing Director (Conversions & Repairs) of Keppel O&M and Managing Director of Keppel Shipyard, said, “The new contract from KrisEnergy marks our first project together since Keppel O&M’s appointment earlier this year as its preferred partner for a comprehensive suite of offshore oil and gas solutions.”Brian Helyer, Vice President, Operations, for KrisEnergy, commented: “We are glad to join hands with Keppel Shipyard on this milestone oil development project for Cambodia.”Cambodia Block Alast_img read more

Defeat for three British clubs in Europa League action.

first_imgThe three British sides in the Europa League had already qualified for the last-32 before last night, but the lights went out on Tottenham’s hopes of finishing top of Group C.They had to settle for the runner-up spot after losing 1-nil away to Turkish side Besiktas – in a match which was twice suspended due to floodlight failure.Group H winners Everton put out a second string side and were beaten 1-nil by FK Krasnodar. Celtic lost 4-3 away to Dinamo Zagreb – but they’d already qualified second in Group D.The draw for the next stage takes place on Monday, which will include Liverpool after they dropped out of the Champions League.last_img

Ugandan netballers go down fighting

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesNew Zealand ?? 64  Uganda ?? 51Gold Coast, Australia | SILVERFERNS.CO.NZ  | The New Zealand netball team opened their Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games campaign with a hard-fought 64-51 win over Uganda on Thursday.Delivered a testing workout by Uganda, the New Zealanders were able to give all of their 12-strong squad valuable game time in the tournament-opener. On a number of occasions, New Zealand pushed out to a handsome advantage but Uganda, competing at their first Commonwealth Games, refused to buckle.Against a gritty opposition, New Zealand fielded a number of different combinations in a solid first-up workout but ultimately were forced to grind out the win while keeping Uganda at arm’s length.New Zealand have a short turnaround before facing Wales in their second match Friday while Uganda return Saturday against African rivals Malawi. Uganda’s She Cranes are African champion.With the expected competitive opening by Uganda, New Zealand opted for an experienced starting seven who were required to weather a testing first half. A late surge and a perfect return from Folau pushed New Zealand out to a 15-10 lead at the first break.Goalkeeper Kelly Jury and midcourter Claire Kersten were introduced on the resumption for New Zealand, replacing Temalisi Fakahokotau and Samantha Sinclair, respectively. However, Uganda continued to show their tenacious spirit in sticking tightly to their opponents.The tall and agile Proscovia remained a model of consistency under the Uganda hoop while receiving solid support from the unobtrusive figure of goal attack Rachel Nanyonga.With Folau continuing to show her class, New Zealand improved the flow and momentum on attack to double their advantage when taking a 32-22 lead into the main break.Making multiple changes for the second half, including the little-used shooting combination of Ameliaranne Ekenasio and Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Sinclair coming into centre and young defender Michaela Sokolich-Beatson making her entrance, New Zealand picked up the pace.Showing better timing and finding space on attack, the shooting duo got away to a flyer as New Zealand threatened to run away with the game.Undeterred, Uganda showed their ever-growing stature to gamely hang on. Continued poise and patience paid dividends for the No 7-ranked team, who quietly went about their business when ensuring the margin did not blow out.New Zealand held the hard-working Uganda at bay to keep their noses in front in an increasingly physical clash when heading into the last break with a 49-37 lead. Respective shooters Maria Folau for New Zealand and inspirational Uganda captain Peace Proscovia played key roles for their teams. Attending her fourth Commonwealth Games, the veteran Folau was on-song from the outset with her movement and pin-point accuracy from all points of the circle.The women in black didn’t have it all their own way in the opening exchanges, Uganda impressing with their whole-hearted defensive effort while showing patience and accuracy on attack.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

City Of Lacey Recruiting Youth Representatives To Council Advisory Boards

first_imgSubmitted by City of LaceyThe Lacey City Council is still seeking applicants to serve as youth representatives on the Parks Board, Historical Commission, and Library Board. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in the government process while serving their community.Eligible candidates should be 16-18 years of age, enrolled as a Junior or Senior in a public, private, or home school within the North Thurston Public School District, and be a resident of Lacey or the urban growth area. Applications are accepted from April 1 to June 1. The term of office is for one year from September to September and is limited to one term.The Lacey City Council started this program in 2003 with the intent of enhancing youth involvement with local government. Youth representatives will be appointed by the Mayor with confirmation by Council, and will become a voting member of the Board or Commission.Interested volunteers can contact Peri Edmonds at (360) 438-2620, or by email at [email protected] You may also pick up an application in the Career Center of any NTPS high school, or download an application from the City’s website at Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

To Develop Oil Palm Plantation

first_imgCitizens of Garraway Administrative District in Grand Kru County have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) for oil palm development.The MOU was signed on Tuesday, April 15, in Garraway district. The signing was attended by nearly 500 citizens of the district, the communication specialist of GVL, Virgil Magee, has disclosed.According to the MOU, GVL will construct schools, clinics, hand pumps, houses, rehabilitate roads, and create employment opportunities among other things, to improve the living conditions of the people.With consultations and community engagements, GVL would operate on approximately 1,870 hectares (or approximately 4,621 acres), according to the MOU.In a brief remark prior to signing the MOU, Elder Moses G. Hne, of Weteken district assured GVL of their commitment to work together.“We the people of this area have worked together with GVL over the past months and have agreed word-for-word to everything included in this MOU that we are signing today. The company did not force us; we decided on our own,” he said.Also speaking at the ceremony was Youth Leader of Garraway, Alex Badio, who said, “The people represented in this paper do not exclude our women, elders, children or the youth. We agreed to this MOU wholeheartedly, because we helped to put most of the things in it,” he said.For his part, GVL Community Affairs and Social Sustainability Manager in Grand Kru County, Ofori Lartey, said, “The MOU meets the consent of both parties. All the items herein were fully discussed by GVL and Garraway citizens. Therefore, GVL is committed to implementing them accordingly. Today’s ceremony affirms all prior discussions we have had with the people of Garraway District in the past,” he confirmed.Augustine Nugba, the Acting Superintendent and Senior Inspector of Grand Kru County, also spoke at the meeting.He expressed joy over the citizens’ decision to invite GVL for oil palm development, which, according to him, will result in the provision of basic social services and employment opportunities. “Several months ago, we as county officials saw this as a good chance to develop this area; so we decided to work with GVL,” Nugba said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ex-Chelsea man advises Markovic against Blues move

first_imgFormer Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman has told a Serbian newspaper that Lazar Markovic should think twice about a move to Stamford Bridge.The Blues have shown some interest in the teenage midfielder and were this week reported to be close to a deal to sign him from Partizan Belgrade.But Kezman believes Markovic ought to take note of other highly-rated youngsters failing to establish themselves after signing for Chelsea.“I hope that the quality and talent Markovic will be proved, but I’m afraid there are common examples of players who have ‘disappeared’, such as Romelu Lukaku,” Kezman told Sportski Zurna.“I had, at one time, an offer from AC Milan. However, I decided to go to PSV. For a young player, the Dutch or Spanish league is the best choice.”Click here for Tuesday’s Chelsea quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Trainer Booth discusses George Groves’ European title fight

first_imgGeorge Groves’ trainer and manager Adam Booth discusses the Hammersmith super-middleweight’s European title clash, which will take place on 16 March at Wembley Arena. (Video courtesy of iFilm London)See also:Groves to fight for title at Wembley ArenaTrio in action on Groves’ Wembley bill Groves lining up world title challengeGroves warned ahead of title showdownGroves ready to add European belt to his title collectionThe press conference to announce Groves’ Wembley 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Pros and cons of 49ers initial free agency moves

first_imgWhat fans need to realize: free agency is often more … SANTA CLARA — One day into free agency – plus the heavy-lifting, pre-agency period – and the 49ers have taken a prudent approach.Fans wanted a bigger splash, such as cutting off Odell Beckham Jr.’s go-route to the Browns.Fans cringed at welcoming a player who’s already dealing from this franchise’s most damning injury in recent years: an anterior cruciate ligament tear.Fans fretted over the return of Jimmie (medical) Ward.last_img

Brand South Africa awards Excellence in South African Resonance Marketing at the Marketing Achievement Awards

first_imgAll roads led to the Valley of Waves; Sun City Resort in Rustenburg, for the inaugural Marketing Achievement Awards (MAA) where Brand South Africa was a partner. The awards celebrated excellence, recognised and rewarded successful marketing initiatives in the country’s marketing industry.Kicking off the day was a Marketing Summit that saw the auditorium filled with top marketers in the country to help unpack topics on;The future of marketing communicationsPan Africa, tomorrowMarketing with meaning and purposeAre South African companies innovating?Make you, or break you – reputation management in a highly responsive era,Co-creating a revised Brand South Africa strategyThe awards had ten categories one of which was Brand South Africa’s patron for “South African Resonance Marketing Award”, which recognised a brand that managed to resonate with South Africans.AB InBev for Castle Lager #SmashTheLabel  with its agency Ogilvy SA were the proud recipients of this award.Speaking on the awards, Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer Ms Sithembile Ntombela said; “We congratulate all entrants and we say ha la la to all the winners. We say thank you for playing a significant role in enhancing the image, identity and reputation of the country brand.One of the highlights of the night was the induction of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu into the South African Hall of Fame.last_img read more